Mother’s Day is a time to appreciate your Mom… the women in your life who were or are role models to you…the Mother of your children, your Grandmothers. ..the list goes on.
But for me, it is also a time to reflect and be grateful for the role I’ve had in the lives of the three kids that call me Mom. They always have been, and still to this day are, the greatest blessings in my life.
I was 20 years old when my first son, Nicholas, was born, and I’d be the first one to admit that I had absolutely no idea what I was doing. For the first time in my life I held perfection in my arms, and at that moment, I knew that there was nothing that I wouldn’t do to keep him safe and to make sure he knew how much he was loved.
Fast forward two years, just before I gave birth to my first, and only, daughter, Jessica. I remember wondering back then how I could possibly love another child as much as I loved my son, how as a mom, you could ever divide those feelings and love each of them as much as they deserve. The moment I held her in my arms for the first time, I suddenly knew, as I think only a mom can, that there is no dividing of love… a mother’s love is infinite for each of her children.
I watched my two-year-old son, who suddenly seemed so big to me, bring each and every visitor over to his sister’s bassinet and say, ‘come look at my beautiful baby sister’. My world was complete, or so it seemed.
But we don’t always know what we’re missing until it arrives. In 1997, my youngest son, Timothy, was born… and for a third time, I held perfection in my arms, and once again I felt a love that I never knew was possible.
There are many things in my life that I’m proud of accomplishing, but they all pale in comparison to the pride I feel as I see the young adults that my three children have become.
Through the good times and the bad, through the laughter and the tears, the moments I wished would never end and the one’s I didn’t know how we’d ever survive. …the one thing that never changed, the one reason I NEVER gave up….was the three incredible blessings in my life that I am lucky enough to have call me Mom.
So as we approach Mother’s Day, and I thank my Mom for all she has been to me, I also thank my babies. ..for the unbelievable gift of being your Mom. I love you….to the moon and back. ..yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever
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